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no wet nappies all day

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usuallytooshytochat Mon 13-Oct-08 23:39:20

my 3 day old dd hasn't had wet or dirty nappies today, even though she appears to be feeding well. Can colostrum/ milk just get absorbed? She has also been very sleepy.

wishingmummy Mon 13-Oct-08 23:44:56

your babe should be having wet nappies.
maybe if very sleepy she isn't feeding as well as you think.
at only 3 days old, can you phone the hospital maternity ward and chat with midwife, or speak to midwife, or health visitor tomorrow? try rubbing babes cheek a little whilst you are feeding to see if you can keep her awake for s decent feed.
i assume you have had wet nappies on a regular basis up until now?

usuallytooshytochat Mon 13-Oct-08 23:48:38

she had wet and dirty nappies last night and in the day before that - its the change thats worrying me. Midwife is visitng tomorrow, so will watch her over night and see.

NotAnOtter Mon 13-Oct-08 23:48:54

my ds was sleepy
we had to take his toes out of the babygro to wake him up for feeds after hosp wanted him re admitted at 5 days

try this and also ear rubbing annoys them!

once she is feeding mote she will wake more and feeding will be more wakeful and easier

no poos is fine but she needs to be weeing

wishingmummy Tue 14-Oct-08 00:02:18

good luck tomorrow. hope it all gets sorted out, keep babe with you if you can

LackaDAISYcal Tue 14-Oct-08 00:09:11

lots of skin to skin contact with her to encourage her to feed might help, but agree she should be weeing.

How well is she feeding (by that I mean frequency of feeds), especially at night? Has your milk come in yet?

some info from kellymom on the early days

and more specifically on dirty and wet nappies

I hope this helps :0)

luvaduck Tue 14-Oct-08 00:13:11

if i were you, i'd phone labour ward now for advice - they are there all the time

has your milk come in yet??

def wake her for feeds more frequently tonight

good luck

Aitch Tue 14-Oct-08 00:15:32

set yoour alaem 3 hourly ovvernight for feeds. grim, but necessary.

wehaveallbeenthere Tue 14-Oct-08 00:17:48

If the baby is sleeping they may not be feeding well. You can wipe their face gently with a soft baby cloth. It might take longer to feed but do whatever it takes. I can't remember how many but they should have several wet nappies shouldn't they? Are there tears? You can tell if they are getting dehydrated if there are no tears.

chipmonkey Tue 14-Oct-08 01:07:21

Don't think they cry proper tears at that age though.

wehaveallbeenthere Tue 14-Oct-08 01:53:00

chipmonkey, you are right. I looked it up on yahoo.answers and they get tears around 4 months. I also looked it up and newborns need 10-12 nappies a day 9 weeks is maybe 2 less. I think it really depends though but none is a bad sign. I think the doctor needs to be consulted.

luvaduck Tue 14-Oct-08 10:29:07

how is she today tooshy????

usuallytooshytochat Thu 16-Oct-08 20:03:25

Sorry to post scary thread then disappear on you. dd is fine now, she was a bit dehydrated so I expressed and topped her up, she weed, pooed etc and was much happier. Weighed in at 3.6kg today, only 100g less than birth weight so I'm happy. Thanks for your advice and support. smile

CharCharBaGOOOOOOORE Thu 16-Oct-08 20:06:32

I know it's all sorted now, but just thought I'd say that in the first week they only need 1 wet nappy per day of life. So at 3 days they would need 3. That builds up to the 10-12 nappies. Glad DD is ok smile

Littlefish Thu 16-Oct-08 20:19:17

A good way to check whether they are weeing is to put a cotton wool ball in the nappy. Disposable nappies are so absorbant now that it's sometimes hard to tell whether the baby has weed or not. A cotton wool ball will stay wet.

chipmonkey Thu 16-Oct-08 22:30:00

Or you can use cloth nappies and then there's no doubt about it!winkgrin

wehaveallbeenthere Fri 17-Oct-08 01:17:35

So glad your LO is okay. Dehydration is a quick killer if you let it get past you for any length of time. The smaller the body the more and quicker the damage.
Last year when the flu was going around here we lost about 12 people. One was a 16yr old boy and it was mostly attributed to dehydration.

SamJamsmum Fri 17-Oct-08 07:02:11

10-12 nappies sounds like a lot to me. Usually the advice is 6 obviously wet nappies in 24 hours (after the first 5 days or so). Do you mind me asking where you got 10-12 from?

Mij Fri 17-Oct-08 12:07:53

Glad all is OK.

Just as a matter of interest, my DD had tears from the outset. As did several other babies I know.

I thought the 'no tears' thing was a myth..?

wehaveallbeenthere Fri 17-Oct-08 13:35:58

SamJamsmum, I looked it up on yahoo.answers but of course it will depend on how much liquid a baby takes in.
I know that dehydration is a biggee.
I think the number of deaths attributed to flu is low too because the symptoms vomiting, diarrhea and fever all dehydrate the body and once you are past a certain point your electrolytes go. You get organ damage, incoherency etc. because the blood thickens. It makes the heart work harder. It all goes back to dehydration. It's so important when they are little because they don't have a lot of liquids anyway. Little bodies dehydrate faster but it still doesn't change as you grow and age because you are predominately a liquid being anyway.
Also once you lose the electrolytes taking in just water won't work. You have to get the electrolytes balanced so you use something like pedialyte (here in the states) for babies or children and a sport drink (vile tasting usually) for adults. I don't like gatorade because it has too much sugar. We get some off brand that has less sugar and electrolytes listed.
You can't use juice because many will just suck the water to the gut and give loose stools. The goal is not to get to that point though. Remember that 6-8 glasses of water a day? Maybe I am just dating myself but here in Texas where it gets very hot and is arid we still push that. The children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school.

chipmonkey Fri 17-Oct-08 20:32:58

Mij, none of mine had tears from the outset. Can't remember when I noticed them first tbh! Your LO was obviously very advanced!grin

Mij Sat 18-Oct-08 16:07:20

Naturally chipmonkey [preens]. DD is extremely advanced in all things that relate to being a massive drama queen [stops preening, starts worrying that DD maybe taking after her just a little toooo much].

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